The Godfather of pot-smoking athletes. Over the last few years, Williams has publicly admitted that blazing up for him was a means of dealing with his depression and other mental conditions. He failed drug tests on so many occasions that, in 2004, he retired (reportedly) because of the latest positive test. (He would later un-retire.) On the Mount Rushmore of athletes who love that green, no doubt about it.
Probably safe to say that nobody on this list had a better time smoking than Phelps. The guy’s lung capacity gives him a totally unfair advantage over everyone else. Got caught hitting a bong like a champ in ’09.
No player in the NBA is more closely associated with marijuana at this point than Beasley. In 2008 at the NBA's Rookie Transition Program, police came into Mario Chalmers' and Darrell Arthur's hotel room and said they smelled pot (but couldn’t find any). Beasley later admitted he was in the room, but slipped out when he spotted the authorities coming. In August of 2009 he checked into rehab for reasons unknown, but most figured it was pot-related. In June of 2011 he was cited for driving with a baggie of the stuff.
In 2004, two guys were busted in a car he owned trying to distribute marijuana in the Virginia area. In January of 2007, got a water bottle with a hidden compartment confiscated by airport authorities after they thought it smelled like marijuana. Also tested positive for the stuff back in September of 2007.
Has gotten popped for marijuana on two separate occasions – once in 1998 and once in 2001. Apparently has a prescription for the stuff in California because of his nausea-inducing migraine headaches. Adds a little class to this list, either way.
Cited in 2004 for trying to bring marijuana onto a plane. May or may not still have a fondness for the green, but it would help explain the giant painting he has of himself in his own living room.